In October 2015, the European Court of Justice declared the previously valid Safe Harbor agreement for transatlantic data transfer to be invalid. On February 2, 2016, it became clear that the two negotiating parties would work on a follow-up agreement. In the meantime, legal uncertainty prevails. Not only can data protection authorities submit further claims, the new Privacy Shield agreement still has to be passed by the EU states and the EU parliament.
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SAN LUIS OBIPSO, CA – Digital West Networks, Inc., which provides commercial-grade Internet connectivity, colocation and cloud services to businesses, has successfully completed a Type II SOC 2 compliance examination. The exam, known as SSAE 16, which stands for Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, is the authoritative guide used by CPAs to review service controls at an organization. The auditors conducted an objective evaluation of the controls Digital West has in place to protect its clients’ security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. The data center compliance examination was performed by an independent CPA firm, 360 Advanced, and focused specifically on Digital West’s data center and colocation services. Digital West provided data, detailed documentation, and even video evidence to 360 Advanced to prove that the security measures claimed to be in place are actually utilized.
We're excited to announced that Digital West has partnered with the Green Group in Switzerland to offer colocation in three of its state-of-the art data center facilities: Zurich West 1, Zurich West 2 and Zurich North. Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is considered to be one of the best data center locations in the world due to its quality infrastructure, high level of legal security, economic and social stability, and comprehensive data protection.
Tucked away in the South Pacific lies a sometimes forgotten U.S. Territory – Guam. Guam is the southernmost of the Mariana Islands and has a population of roughly 160,000 people who live in 19 different villages, or provinces. Guam is probably best known for its U.S. military bases, which cover about 30% of the land; however, Guam also has fully functioning government and economic operations.
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There have been many rivalries in the world of technology over the past few decades: Apple vs. Microsoft, Facebook vs. Twitter, Time Warner vs. Netflix, and Uber vs. Lyft, to name a few. One significant rivalry in the realm of networking technology and hardware is between Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. Both are known in Silicon Valley for their continuous innovation and growth. Recently, however, there has been an industry shift away from Cisco and towards Juniper for networking and switching equipment. Outlined below are a few reasons we believe Juniper reigns supreme:
Created for Carriers: Juniper Networks was founded with the purpose of serving carrier-level providers. Their equipment was created to run the likes of Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. In more recent years, Juniper expanded its offerings to serve small and midsize businesses with enterprise solutions.
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A Service Level Agreement (SLA) is a written contract between a service provider and end user that lays out specifically the cost, performance and timeframes that the provider will deliver to the consumer. Most data centers will have some sort of SLA describing what you can expect from their NOC, tech support, cloud computing or colocation services. SLAs spell out service requirements such as:
Aging equipment, changing technologies and a highly competitive IT recruiting environment drive many companies to re-evaluate their data center strategy. IT departments are under tremendous pressure to deliver more services at a faster rate and high reliability than ever before, and they’re usually expected to accomplish these objectives using existing budgets and staffing. Colocation and cloud services are two options IT professionals often consider, but which is the best choice? While both options share some benefits, such as reduced costs of using shared facilities and stronger security, the best choice depends upon the specific needs of the company.
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SAN LUIS OBIPSO, CA – Digital West Networks, Inc., which provides commercial-grade Internet connectivity, colocation and cloud services to businesses, has successfully completed a Type I SOC 2 examination. The exam, known as SSAE 16, which stands for Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, is the authoritative guide used by CPAs to review service controls at an organization. The auditors conducted an objective evaluation of the controls Digital West has in place to protect its clients’ data security and availability. The examination was performed by an independent CPA firm, Brightline CPAs & Associates, Inc. and focused specifically on Digital West’s data center and colocation services.
Although this article makes some pretty large assumptions, it is true that older data centers were not built with efficiencies in mind. Most of them require that for every Amp of electricity used to power a computer, the data center uses another 1.5 Amps of power for cooling and lights. That’s a 150% increase in electricity needed!
Digital West Networks, Inc. prides itself on being a “Green” data center. We used the latest design methodology when building our data center 10 years ago, and use cooling equipment that only runs as much as it is needed. Additionally, we use outside air to assist in cooling the data center.